Doctor Who Series 10 Finale: 7 Big Questions We're Asking After 'The Doctor Falls'

7. So Was This The Genesis Of The Cybermen?


Last week the Master proudly welcomed the Doctor to the genesis of the Cybermen, but it was never going to be that simple. Even if Moffat presented the finale as such, unlike the 1975 Daleks origins story Genesis of the Daleks, his version could never be treated as definitive. We already have a number of competing Cybermen origin tales within Doctor Who’s official canon, rendering pointless any attempt to be ‘the’ official narrative.

So was this confident declaration just another example of the John Simm Master’s self-aggrandisement? At first this looks like this is indeed a bold reboot with the Cybermen evolving into their most recent models, but Moffat has a neat trick up his sleeve that will establish continuity between all the existing origins tales and even allow for new ones to come.

The Doctor reveals that Cybermen will rise up wherever there is human life. Be it Mondas, Telos, Planet 14 or Pete’s World humanity will inevitably turn to technology, ‘bettering’ themselves in order to survive. In reality these versions of upgraded humans shouldn’t really look or evolve in almost identical ways. In fact whilst some fans scoff at the idea of the Mondasian-like Cybermen now using their helmets rather than their chest plates as weapons, they ought to be defined by difference as much as similarity.

To the delight of the most invested of fans, The Tenth Planet, The Rise of the Cybermen, the Big Finish audio Spare Parts and even the little known Sixth Doctor 1987 comic strip The World Shapers which identified Planet 14 (The Invasion) as Marinus are all referenced as the Doctor goes on his kamikaze suicide mission.


Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.